After a few days of searching the candy aisles, I found them.
“Dammit,” said WonderWife™ upon seeing the bag in the sack of groceries. “I really wanted to be the one to bring these home for you.” (I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it: she’s a good woman, that one.)
M&M’s Strawberried Peanut Butter flavor has been launched as a tie in to Transformers Revenge of the Horrible Movie That’s Inexplicably Made a Gazillion Dollars. These candies are the best thing to come out of that movie. Though strawberry/peanut butter has about as much to do with transforming robots as mint crisp did to last year’s aging fedora adorned archeologist.
I really love peanut butter M&M’s—though I’m a sucker for peanut butter and tend to love anything made with it. Expectations were high for this one. Unlike traditional M&M’s, these guys have a peanut butter center with a taste and texture similar to the kind in the center of a Reese’s. Underneath the candy shell, is a thin layer of chocolate with strawberry flavor. The strawberry is decidedly artificial tasting, which isn’t surprising. You usually find it in strawberry candy (think Skittles, Starburst or Strawberry Quick). However, the artificial flavor clashed somewhat with the natural peanut butter of the inside. The peanut butter gave the candy a salty finish.
Strawberried Peanut Butter M&M’s were decent, but not quite as good as I was expecting. That said, the opened bag was left on the counter and I couldn’t help but finish it handful by handful throughout the day.
Although these weren’t the slam-dunk that the coconut M’s were, I applaud the effort. It feels like this year the candy companies are trying a little harder to put out some interesting new flavors, even though they know people like me will always buy them.